“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
I’ve learned so much about myself since starting my yoga practice on July 29, 2018, and I couldn’t be happier with how that knowledge has allowed me to grow into a very different person. During this period of transition, I made some significant life changes like becoming sober, taking my mental and physical health seriously, and starting a dedicated yoga practice. Through this combination of things, I feel like I changed the course of my life for the better, with the driving force behind most of the change being yoga.
My yoga mat became my constant, and as I explored more deeply within myself, I realized that this wasn’t going to be something I only did physically, but that it was enriching me spiritually as well – an area that was sorely lacking as a result of my past behaviors and actions. The mindfulness and introspection that my practice brought helped immensely in my therapy sessions, as well as in reframing the way I think about things. One of the first significant steps I took with my practice was to create a dedicated safe practice space for myself. I worked to make the downstairs my personal yoga space, and in a way, reclaiming that area of my home.
Until this point, I hadn’t really used my Instagram account. So, it became an accountability tool for my practice, while also enabling me to carefully curate a network of other Queer Yogis and people with similar experiences. Now I have an incredible online and in-person system of support, and I am forever gracious. Some of the other perks to photographing your practice are seeing the pose from a completely different perspective for adjustments and to see progress within certain poses over time. For me, seeing all the growth from when I first started until now made all the hard moments along the way worth it.
Now, I start RYT 200 yoga teacher training in January of 2020! I don’t want to think about what my life would look like if I hadn’t started my yoga practice – I genuinely believe my yoga mat saved my life.